Just inside the entrance, looking through the steam to the old steps, down which guides, with candles, would lead tourists in the 19th century - including Charlotte Bronte, who was schooled at the nearby Cowan Bridge.
Looking along Kingsdale's flat, glaciated valley floor towards Kingsdale Head, with Whernside in cloud. There has been much debate by geologists as to whether or not this was once the bed of a lake, which drained when its outflow broke through a moraine barrier at Raven Ray, close to Thornton Force.
In design, it's more like a small stadium. I can imagine ancient peoples seated around here. There is a definite central area, and evidence of excavation at the 'open' side. The cairn is considered to be late Neolithic, and two long Bronze Age cremation graves were discovered, dug into the terrace on the left, showing that the site was used in different times for varying purposes. One of the graves had two large upright stone slabs placed on one side of it.